Coastal Management

Marine Debris Program

Marine debris – or sea litter – is an environmental issue that affects marine animals and coastal environments worldwide. Green Adelaide’s marine debris program is there to help.

Marine debris includes pieces of plastic, straws, bottles, food packaging and fishing waste. Not only is it unsightly, but it has very dangerous and often fatal impacts on the wildlife that it comes into contact with, causing injury or even death through entanglement, drowning, internal injuries or starvation.

Green Adelaide’s marine debris program is a volunteer program that began in 2010 in order to reduce the amount of litter that makes its way into our oceans.

The long-term goal is to understand where the marine debris is coming from, particularly impacting Gulf St Vincent, Yorke and Fleurieu Peninsulas and Kangaroo Island in South Australia. The information collected from the program contributes to a nationwide investigation into marine plastic pollution which supports the Commonwealth Marine Debris Threat Abatement Plan.

If you would like to volunteer your time to be part of Green Adelaide’s marine debris program, please contact us.